Success Stories

Awards received by CT graduates and/or their work

Since 2009, CT graduates and their work have received tremendous accolades in the industry, the press and some major awards including the Spotlight Prize for Best Actor, the Perrier Comedy Award and Soho Theatre Young Writer of the Year.

Full list of Awards and Bursaries won by CT students

Companies that employed recent alumni include: National Theatre London, Complicite, Lyric Hammersmith, Donmar Warehouse, Old Vic London, Royal Court, Soho theatre, National Theatre of Wales, Lincoln Center New York, Blue Man Group on Brodway New York and Berlin, Bristol Old Vic, The Gate Dublin, Manchester Royal Exchange, Blind Summit Theatre, Improbable Theatre, Punchdrunk, Dreamthinkspeak, English National Opera, BBC TV, BBC Radio, Disney Channel, Channel4, Granada, D Maria Theatre Lisbon, Cameri Theatre Tel-Aviv, BAC, The Bush, Graeae Theatre, Live Theatre Newcastle, Told By An Idiot, Tall Stories, Warwick Arts Centre, Amsterdam Opera House, Tara Arts, National Marionette Theatre USA, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Almeida Theatre, Oval Theatre, Little Angel Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and others.

Charlotte Josephine - Bitch Boxer

(Charlotte Josephine - Bitch Boxer.)


September 2016

Somalia Seaton’s play ‘Fall of the Kingdom, Rise of the Foot Soldier’ has completed a rune at the RSC in Stratford-Upon-Avon in July with raving reviews while her play ‘House’ is running at The Yard in London following a smashing run at the Ed Fringe.

Rachael Boulton directs ‘Blackout’ at the National Theatre London as part of the New Connections season this summer while her National Theatre of Wales play 'The Good Earth' is playing in New York with Rachael playing the lead.

Multi award winner Bryony Shanahan will direct ‘Trade’ by Debbie Tucker Green, opening at the Young Vic for a November run. Bryony’s own company ‘Snuff Box’ has opened their new play ‘Blush’ at the Pleasance as part of the Edinburgh Festival in August. Another member of the company Charlotte Josephine has received a ‘Stage award for Best Performance’ for her performance in ‘Blush’ as well as the ‘BBC Films Screenplay First’ award which means that we will soon see her first TV drama on our screens.

Janet Etuk and Luke Clark are back from touring Europe and the USA with their National Theatre hit play ‘Beyond Caring'. They both return to the National Theatre to open a newly commissioned play they will devise with Alexander Zeldin - ‘Love’, opening at The Dorfman in early December (there is a young Roodner in the cast too).

Our Edinburgh 2015 comedy hit ‘Policecops’ returned to Edinburgh Fest this time to play a 200 seater following their tour of Europe and Australia. Policecops had two runs at the Soho Theatre early this year as did ‘Antler Theatre’ and ‘Caligula’s Alibi Theatre’, all three receiving various awards and grants. Another multi awarded company 'Lost Watch' will run their newly commissioned play ‘Flew The Coop’ at the Diorama in the new year.

CT 2016 graduates are coming back from Edinburgh Fringe with an exceptionally strong, diverse and exciting three plays: ‘Buzz The Musical’ by Robyn Grant and ‘Juice Straws Are Bleak’ by Marysa Finnie, both transferring to London, and ‘Yokes Night’ by Scott Lyons transferring from The Pleasance Edinburgh to The Pleasance New York USA. A fourth play from this year’s Debut ‘Away Days’ by Aaron Dart has been on a short national tour and coming to The New Diorama London in November.

2015 has been a tremendous year for the CT course and for some of its alumni. Apart from a number of transfers to The National Theatre, the Soho Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange, The Vaults Festival featured no less than seven shows by CT companies while other festivals featuring CT work included: The Brighton Festival, Latitude Festival, Pulse Festival, Greenwich and Docklands Festival, The Yard 15 Festival, Camden Fringe Festival, HighTide Festival, RADAR Festival at the Bush Theatre, Incoming Festival at New Diorama and Festival 45 at the Kings Head Theatre.

Also in 2015 CT shows toured to New Zealand, Denmark, Iceland and Belgium. Some individuals are doing well – Joe Darke went straight from two years in War Horse to a long contract with Cirque Du Soleil, Adam El Hagar seem to be on our TV screens constantly while Luke Clark and Janet Etuk had a long run at the National Theatre and are probably coming for more in the new year.

This Theatre were a major hit at the Fringe 2015 winning The Stage Award for Excellence in Acting with their ‘PoliceCops’ show, as did Little Soldiers Productions in the previous year with their ‘Don Quixote’ show, while Johnnie Bayfield received the Sky Award for Arts.

On the course itself - the Cabaret that we have been staging for a number of years has become the ‘tribute to Tom Bennett’ in which we are giving the annual Tom Bennett award given by the Bennett family and their friends. The University of Essex has been at last persuaded and they now give regular financial grants to companies of graduates taking work to the Edinburgh Fringe. It means that most CT new companies are now going up helped by substantial funds from the University of Essex, a massive achievement that would never have happened without the artistic success companies had in recent years.

September 2013
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival has seen eight companies of CT alumni performing their original work, including four established by 2013 graduates. Once again some major awards came in – The Herald angel, The Holden Prize, a nomination for The Stage Best Ensemble award and two companies shared the NSDF award for best student production. They are all coming soon for their London Transfers to such theatres as The Bush, The Pleasance London and the Old Vic Tunnels. The Bonyard Theatre together with Bricks and Mortar will be the companies to open the new Hope Theatre in Islington Upper Street and run there throughout November. Meanwhile Somalia Seaton’s play Crowning Glory opens at Theatre Royal Stratford East in October, Charlotte Josephine has opened at The Lyric with the secret Theatre season, Jesse Briton is at the Linclon centre New York and Wahab Sheikh is on our cinema screens again in RED2 by Dean Parisot, Complicit by Niall MacCormick, ‘Coming Up’ – Doughnuts by Simon Neal and Zero Dark Thirty by Kathryn Bigelow.

June 2013
The highly selective Brighton Theatre Festival have been staging various work from the cours since 2010 and its 2013 program featured no less the 7 shows staged by CT companies.

May 2013
Phil Man's (CT 2008) one man show is to go on at the Royal Court. He has been doing this show for the past three years at the Edinburgh Fringe.

'You & Me' have won the 'Argus Angel' award at the Brighton Festival. The show is performed by Merce Ribott (CT 2009) company and directed by Bryony Shanahan (CT 2011).

The 2013/14 NationalTheatre War Horse cast includes two CT alumni Peter Twose and Joe Darke.

2013 has seen the first major success of a CT made film. Emmeline, a short by Daniela Pasquini and Jasmine Woodcock-Stewart was picked for screening in a number of film festivals including the New York International Children Film Festival and the London BFI future film festival, nominated 'BFI Best Fiction'. The list goes on.

CT Alumni have been performing with top companies in 2012.

Dan Ainsworth tours with Theatre De Complicite in their production of Magic Flute (coming to ENO late 2013), Francisco Maceda with DreamThinkSpeak in their production 'Beginning Was End', Mathew Blake is in various productions with Punchdrunk Theatre and Sean Garrett with Blind Summit Theatre in their productions of 'The Table' and 'The Heads'.

Rebecca Boey played the lead in 'Island' at The National Theatre, John McKeever is playing the lead in 'Macbeth' at the Warwick Arts Centre and Somalia Seaton at Stratford East. Charlotte Josephine was part of The Donmar Warehouse's Julius Caesar. She will follow with a full run of her own play at The Soho Theatre and then embark on a yearlong contract with the Lyric Hammersmith as part of their new repertory company. The woman is unstoppable.

Jesse Briton has been "selling out" worldwide with POTTED POTTER - The Unauthorized Harry Experience and both Joe Drake and Dan Foxsmith have been appearing in various shows for Tall Stories Theatre, touring worldwide.

Wahab Sheikh has filmed for three different features in 2012, including 'Trance' directed by Danny Boyle and we hope to see some of these in 2013. Matt Ralph created his own part for Fake Reaction on ITV2, Amy Dolan appeared in six episodes of 'Coronation Street', while the whole Daytona Lights band has joined the cast of Hollyoaks.

James Ernest is runner-up in Soho theatre's Soho Young Writers' Award for his play 'The 8th Wave'.